Wildlife Spotting onboard Rocky Mountaineer

14 February 2020

A journey onboard the world-famous Rocky Mountaineer is so much more than just a train ride through the spectacular Canadian Rockies; it’s the key to unlocking a hidden world of shifting landscapes, unparalleled natural beauty and endless wildlife viewing.

Climb onboard and indulge in the ultimate luxury as some of the world’s most awe-inspiring scenery and incredible wildlife unfold outside your unique glass-domed coach.

A wildlife lover’s dream

While the dramatic scenery of the Canadian Rockies is certainly a huge draw, catching a glimpse of the wonderful wildlife that calls this area home is a highlight for many Rocky Mountaineer guests.

Weave your way through this majestic mountain range, past rushing rivers, cascading waterfalls, stunning turquoise lakes and soaring peaks; all the while keeping your eyes peeled in the hope of catching a glimpse of some of Canada’s most famous animals, including black bears, grizzlies, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, bald eagles, moose and many more besides.

Here are a few top tips to make sure that you get the most out of your unforgettable wildlife encounter:

Explore with a local guide

The excitement of wildlife spotting on Rocky Mountaineer isn’t restricted to the comfort of your luxurious glass-dome coach. Boost your chances of seeing the animals in their natural habitat by joining one of the many professional excursions that are on offer. There are plenty of options to choose from, as Rocky Mountaineer works closely with local tour operators in both Banff and Jasper to curate packages that offer an abundance of wildlife spotting opportunities.

Exploring with a guide not only allows you to spot the local wildlife more easily, but your guide will also be on hand to explain more about the animals’ behaviours and teach you about the environments in which they live.

If you do prefer to head out on your own, the national parks are where most of the wildlife roam, so be sure to familiarise yourself with the flora and fauna that might be in the area. Keep a look out for any signs that the animals may have been around, such as droppings and prints.

Plan your day around the animals

In general, animals tend to be most active early in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Conveniently, these are also fantastic times for photography, so grab your camera and capture that unforgettable shot. Rocky Mountaineer will slow right down for wildlife spotting opportunities, so you won’t miss a minute onboard.

Travel during the spring or autumn months

These two seasons offer the optimum time for wildlife watching, whether from the warmth and comfort of Rocky Mountaineer or out and about in the national parks. In April and May, the bears start coming out of hibernation at lower altitudes, and if you’re lucky, you may even see some cubs taking their first tentative steps. August marks the beginning of the elk rut, whilst the autumn months herald the salmon run; bringing bears and eagles to the river to feast.


To book your unforgettable wildlife adventure with Rocky Mountaineer, contact your Travel Counsellor and take advantage of a range of exclusive benefits, including full financial protection and a 24-hour duty office ready to assist you before, during and after your trip.

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